25 May 2017

Thank You

We are sad to see our year end.  We have had such a memorable year working with all of your children.  They have been delightful and it has been so fun to see them make huge progress throughout the year.  Thank you for all of your support and help both at home and at school.  We wish all of our students much success in first grade.  Have a wonderful summer full of reading and writing!

Sierra Bonita Kindergarten Teachers



19 May 2017

Final Week

This is our final week of Kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.   We still have lots of meaningful and exciting activities to complete this week so it is important that your child still attends school each day.  Look for a note coming home indicating the time your child is scheduled for his/her post assessment next week.

Our last day of kindergarten will be on Friday, May 19th.  We will be doing activities in our classrooms that will finalize our wonderful year together.  It will be a typical day and end at our regular time.  Look for your child's portfolio to come home on Friday.  Enjoy looking through all of their activities they have completed this year.   It has been a wonderful year working with all of you and your children!  Thank you for helping make their kindergarten year such a success.

12 May 2017

Field Day

We have been studying about birds and summer this week.  We were able to make a list of birds we know and do an observational drawing of a bird.  We added labels on our picture and wrote a fact about a bird.

Summer is on its way!  We talked about activities we like to do in the summer time.  We discussed the changes in animals, plants and people during the summer season and wrote and drew our favorite summer activity.

On Friday we enjoyed our kindergarten field day.  A big THANKS to all of the parents who helped us make this day a success.  We played games and did activities inside and outside.  Some of the things we did were Twister, lawn bowling, parachute activities, writing and drawing with sidewalk chalk, rain gutter relays and dancing!   The students had a lot of fun and were able to experience some great activities.

05 May 2017

Opinion Writing

This month during writing we be working on opinion writing.  All year we have been talking about and sharing our opinions when creating a class graph or discussing the events in a book.  Students have learned about the difference between an opinion and a fact.  We have discussed how opinions are how we feel or think about something.  Now we will be writing our opinions.  The important part of opinion writing is providing the reasons for your opinion.  Students will be encouraged to not only state their opinion in writing but also tell the reader the "why" for their opinion.

Throughout the month we will write our opinions about:

  • works of art
  • photographs
  • books
  • food and 
  • movies
As we examine these different topics students will think about the following questions to assist them in writing their opinions:
  • "What makes you think that?"
  • "How does it make you feel?"
It is important to express our own opinions and to be able to provide reasons for our opinions.  This will be a fun way to practice our writing skills.  You may want to work at home with your student by asking his/her opinion about things you encounter at home.  For instance after reading a book together you may ask your child:  "I like this book because_____." or "I would recommend this book to others because ______."

28 April 2017

Diamond Fork Field Trip

We had a wonderful time on our field trip to the mountains.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to come along and help keep us safe!  While there we were able to observe and learn a lot.We each had the opportunity to participate in three activities:
1.  wading in the river to find lots of different types of bugs and fish
2.  going on a nature hike to discover types of plants and trees, look at evidences of beavers, and see some deer antlers
3.  learning all about birds, their wings and feathers and using binoculars to observe birds around us. 

This was a great opportunity and we would like to give a special THANK YOU to Sarah Flinders who obtained grant money to fund this trip, organized all of the learning activities, and guided us through the river.  Also, a big thank you to the other Forest Service experts who guided us.

21 April 2017

Pond Study

We have begun a study of ponds and pond life.  We have discovered many plants and animals that live in and around a pond.  Students have been working hard on creating a class information chart about ponds and frogs.  This chart is called a RAN chart which stands for Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction.  The headings include:  what we think we know about ponds, misconceptions, new learning, questions, and evidence.

We have listed facts we think we know about ponds and frogs and read lots of fact books about ponds.  At this point in the year students are able to do their own reading and research!   It is exciting for them to be able to use their reading skills to add to our fact chart or to put items we thought were facts into the "misconceptions" column of our chart.  We read fact books, looked at information online, watch videos and read magazines to discover new facts about ponds and pond life.

Students were also able to create a watercolor pond picture.  Using construction paper they added plants and animals to their pond.  Each student wrote and illustrated their own Around The Pond book based on a book by Lindsay Barrett George.  This book was a clue book in which students wrote 2-3 clues about their pond animal and then wrote and drew the animal on the next page.


14 April 2017

Worms!

This past week we have been scientists again and learning all about worms!  We started our study by observing the with magnifying glasses so we could discover all of the tiny details.  We found out that worms can be slightly different colors and have a ring around their body that is a different color than the rest of its body.  We also noticed that the worm has lots of lines on its body and we read in books that those lines are called segments.  In our own books we illustrated and labeled the worms we observed. 

We were also able to conduct several experiments with our worms.  We discovered if worms prefer light or dark spaces and also what they do when the feel vibrations -- we already learned that they have no eyes or ears, just a mouth!  Another experiment we conducted was observing the worms when they were on a rough or smooth surface and how they reacted.  We learned that worms are very helpful to plants and gardeners because they put air in the soil by digging holes and they turn the dirt over to make it healthier.
This week we continued working on handwriting of the capital letters and reviewing handwriting of numbers 0-20.  Please continue to watch your child as he/she writes letters/numbers at home to ensure correct formation.  Also, continue to work on simple addition and subtraction problems with your child.  As you work together alternate or vary the types of problems so that your child does not get in the habit of doing all the problems the same way and not listen to specifically what the problem is asking.  Continue to work on the last core card skills for the year specifically the sight words and word family words.  These really help children as they are progressing in their reading.

Reminders:
April 29th - Sierra Bonita Elementary FUN RUN 9am
April 27th - Field Trip to Diamond Fork
May 12th - Kindergarten Field Day
May 19th - Last day of kindergarten (regular class will be held on this day)